Grateful Dead Live at Farrell Hall (SUNY) on 1970-05-08
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|Dark Star >|
|Dancin' In The street|
|Uncle John's Band|
flac16; Recording Info: (Stage) Unknown Mic -> Cassettte Master Transfer Info: Cassette Master (Sony TC-WE475) -> Sony R500 (Pass Through) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude Professional v8.01 -> FLAC
- 2006-02-18 08:53:46
- Unknown Mic (onstage) > Cassettte Master > Sony TC-WE475 > Sony R500 (Pass Through) > SEK'D Prodif Plus > Samplitude Professional v8.01 > FLAC16
- Delhi, NY
- Audience: Unknown Mic
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Farrell Hall (SUNY)
Subject: Great Stuff - Thank You Charlie!
Subject: Fungus in Bovina Center
Chris, the Dupont show is hardly "straight", were it a sbd and it would easily rival Harper College. There's nothing straight at all about the Easy Wind at Dupont or the Lovelight or most of the rest. And this show, were we able to hear the whole thing might beat both.
The distortion isn't from the mic being on the stage or near Phil's bass cabinet, it's just a cheap built in mic auto level control portable probably like this one:
That style were by far the most common portables in those days. It's a miracle to have the fragment and a tragedy that sdb's don't seem to exist for either this or Dupont. !970 is the landmark year and early May was an exceptional stretch of shows.
Subject: Just find the right volume and you'll be there
This show occurs just two days after the legendary 5-6-70 Kresge Plaza show (and one day after the great Dupont Gym show). Based on what we can hear on this tape, the Farrell Hall show might have been the best of the three. Regardless of how you rank them, the overall vibe of the Farrell Show show is definitely far, far more relaxed and blissed out than either the short and intense outdoor performance on 5-6 or the beautiful but relatively "straight" show on 5-7.
The beginning of the Dark Star is missing and once you become oriented to the overblown sound of the recording, the band quiets down into one of of the most beautiful but restrained Feedbacks you'll hear -- captured pretty darn nicely and arguably enhanced by the (original) analog distortion. Throughout the Dark Star, Jerry sounds like he's beaming his notes to earth from another universe. The music is rubber-like as the band stretches itself around something coherent for a minute (or five seconds) and then collapses upon itself or blooms into a new galaxy, and never with cruel intent.
The Dancin' is ... abnormal ... to say the least. Jerry mostly disappears from the intro but when he returns for the jam they're off to the Molasses Races again. Lugubrious and awe-inspiring.
The Good Lovin' includes no Pig rap. Jerry again with a smoldering solo over the drums ... then he vanishes. When you hear him next it's with the rest of the band, in unison. And then: liftoff. There's some mysterious rhythmic shouting (Pig?) in the background around 9:20 ("C'mon! C'mon!").
After Good Lovin', the crowd goes bananas. For those keeping track, I think this might be one of the better-recorded, lengthy, and intensely ecstatic recordings of 1970 Deadheads responding to what they've just heard.
UJB is mixed for the bongo. It's a short version.
I hope people keep unearthing "lost" tapes of shows from 1970 because, well, I'd like to hear more of them -- especially if it's a show as good as this one.
Subject: The 'Dark Star' is worth the effort
Subject: Collector's Item
As another poster suggested, the EQ can be tweaked to make this more listenable. I've gotten it to where it has a kind of far off, ghostly sound, not unlike 11/22/68 - http://archive.org/details/gd1968-11-22.aud-goodbear.cotsman.21933.sbefail.shnf .
Subject: ....DARK STAR
Bobby's vocal are murky but we are talking a 42 year old recording, unknown origin here, (can't be too choosey)Dancin is groovy.
Good Lovin' sizzles leaving us and the band drenched, a beautifully played Uncle John's is what we have ....the recent surfacing of 6/70AUD lead me here. Not only did I get a Dark Star, got more pig!!!
Subject: Listen Without Prejudice
Subject: it's a wonder they taped any of it
Subject: This is it... so far
The Dark Star is glass shaking freaky & whoever heard of a seque directly into Dancin' ? Check it out if only once my friends...
Subject: cool stuff
Subject: The 1st Show
Subject: DARK STAR
Subject: THIS DARKSTAR MELTDOWN
Subject: Shame on you
Earlier, the transition from Dark Star is unique. It may be the only instance that a Dark Star bypasses the second verse and proceeds full bore into the next tune. Here, a kick butt Dancin In The Streets. The ending Uncle John's is great, but a bit rough on the ears.
Please don't dismiss this show. I had a "grand" time listening to it. At least stream it some night. You'll be grateful too.
The five rating is there to pull up the average. Maybe someone out there will, by chance, check this show out...and love it.
Subject: Mr. Blutarsky...zero point zero
Subject: haha...good mini- set list, but it sure don't mean it sounds good
Subject: Worst sound recording i've ever heard
Subject: Thanks.... But no thanks!!!
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